Full Review

La Playa

La Playa
2019 Reserva, Carmenere, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta Vegetables

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13%
Sustainable Agriculture
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$13

La Playa
2019 Reserva, Carmenere, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta Vegetables

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13%
Garnet black color. Earthy aromas and flavors of toasted nuts and coconut, dried berries and peppers, and aloe with a soft, dryish light body and a tingling, quirky, short finish with touches of mulch with light oak flavor. A wild and wooly red for the hunter’s table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Funky, New World & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: toasted nuts and coconut, dried berries and peppers, and aloe
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of mulch
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Venison, Mushroom Cassoulet, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A wild and wooly red for the hunter's table.

The Importer

Cabernet Corporation

The Importer
285 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Suite K
Novato, CA 94949
USA
1 415-884-9000

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Carmenere

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Carmenère is a red wine produced from the eponymous variety in Chile. It was originally thought to be Merlot that was brought over from Bordeaux in the 19th century, but in the mid-1990s, research proved it was not Merlot, but indeed Carmenère, which had been thought of as extinct.

Top examples originate from the warm Maipo and Colchagua valleys in Chile; the wines are medium- to medium-full in body and offer red cherry fruit along with distinct pepper, tobacco and brown spice aromas and flavors. While early versions were rather bitter, recent examples have displayed great balance and refinement.

Enjoy Carmenère between three to seven years after the vintage date in most cases. The wines pair well with most red meats and are especially enjoyable with heartier fare, such as grilled meats and game.